Department of Economics

VI Annual Meeting of the African Economic History Network

New Approaches to African Economic History: History, Methods and Interdisciplinarity

The VI Annual Meeting of the African Economic History Network will be held at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK on Friday 21 - Saturday 22 October 2016

Conference theme: New Approaches to African Economic History: History, Methods and Interdisciplinarity

How can different disciplines and methodological approaches contribute to understanding long-term African economic development? Traditionally, the historiography of Africa’s social and economic past has been shaped and enriched by a cross-fertilization of disciplines. Due to the lack of written records and the paucity of reliable quantitative evidence for a considerable part of the continent’s history, African economic historians engage in productive dialogue with historians, anthropologists, sociologists and economists. The conference will devote particular emphasis to papers and contributions that bring issues of methodology and interdisciplinarity to the fore.

Keynote speaker: Professor Paul Lovejoy (York University, Toronto, Canada).

Details of the call for papers

The organising committee of the VI Annual Meeting of the African Economic History Network (AEHN) launches a call for papers presenting frontier research in the field of African Economic History, with particular attention to innovative methods for evaluating Africa’s social and economic development in historical and comparative perspectives, both at the micro and macro level. The committee also specifically encourages scholars from Africa to present their work.

The committee solicits both individual papers and proposals for sessions consisting of 3-4 papers. Session organisers and prospective chairs should send session titles along with the names and contact details of presenters, and titles and abstracts for each of the proposed papers.

Presenters should submit paper title and an abstract of no less than 500 words, or full papers.

Paper and panel proposals are to be submitted 

Deadline for submissions: 15 May 2016

Decisions on submissions can be expected at the end of May 2016. 

Local organising committee

Alexander Moradi, Felix Meier zu Selhausen, Gerardo Serra

Enquiries should be addressed to:

Location and travel information

For details on how to get to the conference, including a campus map, please download this guide to University of Sussex transport links.


We have negotiated preferential rates on your behalf at three different hotels in Brighton. Please book your own accommodation online. 

For further assistance with accomodation email:




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